Ayurveda for Women
Ayurveda describes life as the union of mind, senses, body, and soul and it has classified the life cycle of humans as birth, childhood, adolescence, and senility. To live a quality life Ayurveda imparts several principles and practices through its specialty branches. Prasutitantra is a specialty branch in Ayurveda dedicated only to women’s health and wellness.
An eye though UK female population
Statistics of the UK government surveys show that 50.7% of the population of the UK comprises women and girls. If we take the employment sector 47%of UK are working females. The figures show that not only they are employees but 95 % of the parental leave for taking care of kids is taken by women in the UK and they spend nearly thrice their time as men. The immense change when a girl turns a woman is the time she finds difficulty in coping with the physical and emotional changes taking in her body. Most girls tend to adopt an unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices making the situation worsen. The increased body mass index possess a serious threat to hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia later in life. This is where Ayurveda can contribute to a healthy middle age. The immunity in Ayurveda is described in terms of innate and acquired factors of the body.
Considering wellness, the Suvarna Prashan and Pancha Gavya Prashan (immunomodulatory herbal combinations) continued from birth till puberty aid in the physical, mental and cognitive development of the girls. The follow-up of herbs from puberty to middle age can be done through Rasayana (anti-aging herbs), herbal tonics, and herbal supplements in the form of tablets and powders. Regular head massage will help in compacting premature greying, tiredness, and improved vision, promoting good sleep, and better skin tone, and complexion. The other clinical treatment variants of the head massage are Sirodhara and Sirovasthi, The purgation once a month with the intake of herbal tonics and supplements will cure the pain of women suffering from dysmenorrhea.
Middle adulthood & senility – Preventive and curative care
Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic has a handful of various herbs helping in reproductive as well as menopausal health. Some of the common problems faced by women are Anemia, obesity, Depression, Cosmetic problems, Menstrual disorders, Diabetes, Blood pressure, Infertility, Arthritis, Menopausal issues, Insomnia, and Hormonal fluctuations. Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic comes up with tailor-made packages for each moment in a woman’s life.
Herbal remedies for gynecological problems during reproductive age Take ample rest during the period of menstruation. Proper hygiene should be always maintained to balance vaginal pH. Most of the discomforts and diseases occurring in these phases are due to Pitta Rakta dushti resulting in hormonal changes. Some of them are:-
- Premenstrual syndrome resulting in irritability, anxiety, hot flushes, migraines, and heaviness of the lower abdomen. To combat the pitha vrudhi during this time you can take a variety of formulations of herbs like ghee, powders, decoctions, and tablets with milk. Practice putting a few drops of medicated oil on the vertex of the head for a cooling effect. Take lots of pomegranate and tender coconut juices. Avoid stress and hot and spicy food.
- Leucorrhoea and vaginitis causing anemia, increased vaginal discharges, infection, and bad odor. This is mainly due to the Kapha dysfunction. Proper hygiene through herbal vaginal douche and Pichu (soaking vagina with anti-infective herbal oil) and internal medications and avoiding citrus fruits will help.
- Infertility and Menstrual disorders like dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), DUB (uterine bleeding), and Amenorrhea (lack of menstrual blood) may be due to any hormonal imbalances or secondary illness. Here first we have to pacify Vata to get control over other Doshas and Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic focuses on eliminating the root cause rather than symptomatic treatment. A detailed Panchakarma treatment with vasthi as the main course, Udwarthana (powder massage), and Dosha-specific internal herbs in different palatable formulations help in a lifelong cure.
- Abortions may be due to natural or acquired causes like lifestyle, ovarian or uterine factors, infections, hormonal abnormalities, and chromosomal anomalies. Here brimhana (nourishment therapy) consists of different herbal milk preparations, decoctions, and ghee having a sweet taste property, and Panchakarma therapy is more needed to create a healthy pregnancy. Panchakarma like Virechana, Nasya, and Vasti will clear the toxins from the cellular level.
Dealing with menopause through herbs
Menopause is a naturally occurring process. Government surveys in the UK show, that among the 30 million females in the UK, 44% of the disease burden is from cancer, musculoskeletal conditions, and cardiovascular diseases, and that too near to menopausal age in the early 50s.
In this stage, women suffer from hot flushes, mood swings, depression, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness, and similar symptoms. Herbs like asparagus, cumin seeds, sandalwood, gooseberries, ash gourd, aloe Vera, sesame seeds, chickpeas, Bengal gram, and many classical herbo-mineral compounds and formulations are very helpful in this condition. Daily consumption of Rasayana under the prescription of a consultant helps in improving vitality.
In Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic we advise things that should be regularly practiced by women of any age for the health of neurons and sense organs. They are Añjana regularly (wearing Collyrium daily for a bright eye), Nasya (instilling medicated herbal oil through Nostril), and Head massages to avoid premature greying, hair fall, stress, cooling of the body, and healthy sense organs.
Exercise regularly helps in keeping pelvic muscles strong and healthy and to keep better hormonal health. Eat fresh, timely, and healthy food. Detox your body at least once in three months. Never self-medicate. Make herbs a regular practice for internal healing and nourishment. Take timely treatment.
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